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Characters: The Blacklist: Reddington's Associates
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    Luli Zheng 

Luli Zheng

Played By: Deborah S. Craig

Reddington's personal aide and presumed to be the one in charge of handling his finances. She's wanted by law enforcement agencies worldwide for financial crimes tied with Reddington.



Played By: Hisham Tawfiq

Reddington's bodyguard and long-time friend. An ex-guerrilla fighter with the Sudan People's Liberation Army prior to being recruited to work with Reddington.
  • The Brute: A huge behemoth of a man.
  • The Comically Serious: Much comedy can be mined from his dead serious personality. Such as munching on ice cream while surrounded by weed.
  • The Driver: For Reddington.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Unlike Luli, he remains calm when Garrick puts a gun to his head and calmly says a prayer with Reddington. Luckily, he survives.
  • Fake Guest Star: He first appears in episode 2 and, while he doesn't get too many lines or much screen time, he has been in pretty much every single episode since that.
  • Made a Slave: Considering the mark spotted on his back, he was a slave for the Everhart Cartel at some point.
  • One Name Only: Dembe's full name.
    Cooper: Just...Dembe. Like Prince or Madonna.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely utters a word to outsiders. He speaks more freely with Reddington.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Subverted. He lives.
  • Scary Black Man: Terrifyingly so.
  • The Stoic: His only expression is grimacing. He does smile when he greets Reddington, though.
  • Villainous Friendship: Is genuinely friendly with Reddington, and comforts him just before he's about to be executed.


Grey/Newton Phillips

Played By: Charles Baker

A mysterious associate of Reddington.
  • The Dragon: Seemed to fill this role for Reddington in general.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was actually present in the very first scene of the pilot, delivering a briefcase to Reddington. However, his appearance was so minor that most viewers didn't even notice. He later showed up at the hospital, having provided Reddington with the means of escape, and was present at the Angel Station Hotel, interviewing Tom when a Russian defector was assassinated.
  • Color Motif: As per his name, he had a thing for grey.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Knows that Reddington will kill him for his betrayal, and is sadly resigned to it, and pleads only that it be made to look like an accident for his wife's sake.
  • Literal-Minded:
    Reddington (on the phone about a painting): Oh, the blue? The blue looks...
    Grey: ...Blue.
  • The Mole: He's the mole in Reddington's organization. Fitch flipped him by threatening his family.
  • Mysterious Past: While the show has told us Dembe's and Zeng's backstories, Grey remains a complete mystery. Helps that he is still alive...well, until "The Good Samaritan Killer," where Reddington personally executes him for betraying him.
  • Number Two: To Reddington.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always in a nice suit. And he managed to make Navy fatigues look sharp.

    Mr. Kaplan 

Mr. Kaplan

Played By: Susan Blommaert

Reddington's personal "cleaner" that comes in to scrub crime scenes.



Played by: Dan McCabe

In charge of Reddington's IT team by searching through evidence physically and digitally. He called on him after the FBI's black ops compound was breached.

    The Cowboy 

"The Cowboy"

Played by: Lance Reddick

Reddington's personal investigator when he needs to check on a lead.
  • All There in the Manual: So far, press releases for "The Judge (No. 57)" credit him with the name "The Cowboy." Reddington calls him this too.
  • Character Death: He was executed by Tom Keen so that he won't be able to confirm to Reddington that Tom is really an assassin working for another group.
  • Jerkass: He's kind of a dick, all things considered. He straight-up tells Reddington he doesn't like him.
  • Nice Hat: A black cowboy hat, which leads to his nickname.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: So far, he's only known as "The Cowboy."

    Emil Dusek 

Emil Dusek

A Czech politician who works alongside Reddington in the Czech Republic, he was branded as a murderer by the Kingmaker when he was framed for killing a male escort.
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